Throughout this week's Prospect Camp, Chicago-area native and 2012 Blackhawks draft pick Vincent Hinostroza will share his thoughts about his experiences in camp for chicagoblackhawks.com.
Day two at prospect camp – at least on the ice – was mostly the same as day one. The on-ice stuff was great again. It was all competition drills: one-on-ones, two-on-twos. We’re all coming out trying to get better, which is the point of the camp. It’s great to play with so many skilled guys.
After my off-ice workout, we’re going back to the team bus and back to the hotel. I’m not sure what we’re going to do after that.
Yesterday after camp, I had plans to go out shopping with some of the other guys, and walk with them through the city, but it didn’t happen… My bed was just too comfortable after the long day. I wound up going to sleep.
It’s great to see everyone in camp getting to know each other; it’s a lot easier to come out here when you know everyone, and you start seeing familiar faces. Everyone talks to each other, and greets each other when they see them. Yesterday, there were a lot of guys who I took drills with that I didn’t know, and now we’re mostly on a first-name basis. It’s pretty cool to see.
Teuvo Teravainen and I are hanging out, since he’s my roommate for the week. I knew the Broadhursts too – as other Chicago kids, we all played for [Chicago Mission AAA Hockey Director] Anders Sorensen before and we all skated together in the summer. But otherwise, everyone is getting to know people better and making friends.
It is a competitive camp, but there is a strong sense of teamwork as well. We’re all part of the same organization, and we share the same goal. We all want to get noticed, but we think of each other as teammates.
At the end of the day, we’re all Blackhawks.